What types of chemical peels are available?
LACTIC ACID PEELS
Lactic acid belongs in the alpha hydroxy acid (AHA peel) family and is derived from milk. This peel is extremely gentle and will help to encourage cell production while stimulating collagen formation to leave skin softer and smoother than before. The effect of a lactic acid face peel is very mild, leaving you with little or no downtime. We recommend lactic acid for sensitive skin, beginners or those looking to brighten their complexion quickly and effortlessly. Address slight discoloration, fine lines and superficial acne scarring.
GLYCOLIC ACID PEELS
A glycolic face peel is nearly as gentle as a lactic acid peel and resides in the same family of acids. Derived from sugar cane, this lunchtime peel is perfect for all skin types and produces results with little or no downtime. An at-home glycolic peel is perfect for those looking to treat fine lines, dry patches, minor skin discoloration and acne. Because this peel promotes collagen production, most people see great results even with the first use.
ALPHA BETA COMBINATION
This peel consists of salicylic acid in combination with glycolic acid. Both acids penetrate superficially to affect only the outer layers of the skin, resulting in a gentle peel that's perfect for all skin types.
Because salicylic acid is a common ingredient found in acne treatments, the Alpha Beta peel is an excellent solution for recurring acne breakouts. Its combination with salicylic acid also makes this peel perfect for those with oily skin and those looking for a reduction in fine lines and mild scarring. Because this peel is superficial, you can expect a shorter recovery time and fewer painful side effects.
A Jessner's solution varies from other peels because it contains resorcinol, which removes the top layer of the skin, lactic acid and salicylic acid. A Jessner's peel results in a reduction of fine wrinkles, blemishes, acne, sun damage and uneven pigment. The process takes between seven and 10 days, resulting in a brighter and healthier looking complexion. As with all chemical peels, we recommend that you avoid exposure to the sun after use.
Trichloroacetic acid (TCA) is a strong acid that will combat deep wrinkles, sun damage, blackheads, rosacea and age spots. In recent years, TCA peels have also been studied in their effect on warts, moles and skin tags. While the jury is still out on using TCA as a regular wart and mole treatment, this peel has been proven to be able to address even your most stubborn skin issues. Although perfectly safe to use when instructions are followed carefully, we simply do not recommend this peel for beginner users because of its ability to penetrate so deeply and the heavy peeling associated with TCA. If you are an experienced peeler looking for lasting results, we recommend trying the 25% TCA peel. This is the strongest peel we carry, and results are guaranteed.